With warmer weather quickly approaching, the time has come to bring out the patio furniture, fire up the grill, and do some entertaining. But before you host your first backyard gathering, it is important to make sure that your patio is ready for success. From planning your ideal space to keeping your guests happy, here are some tips for decorating your patio to reflect your personality.

Size Matters

While it seems like common sense, this part of patio planning is one that is often overlooked. When decorating your space, the dimensions of the area are the first thing that should be taken into account. Limited in your outdoor space? Choose a table and chairs over a large outdoor sofa. The ideal patio provides ample seating for guests while still leaving ample room to move around.

Make it cozy

Regardless of what type of seating you choose, making it soft and inviting for your visitors is a must. For harder chairs, removable cushions provide added comfort while making cleaning a breeze. For larger outdoor sofas, throw pillows are a great way to add a unique touch, and are great for outdoor reading sessions. With the right blend of functionality and comfort, your patio furniture will have your guests lounging well after sunset.

Add Bright Blooms

Nothing ties the patio to your backyard more than beautiful summer plants. Choosing bright summer flowers such as perennial hibiscus can bring a welcome splash of color to your patio, especially if you choose neutral-colored furniture. If you’re seeking a beachy feel for your patio, adding a potted palm tree can set the coastal theme quite well.

Fire Up The Grill

Even with comfy furniture and beautiful flowers, your summer guests won’t stick around long on an empty stomach. Choosing the right grill for your patio is dependent upon two things: preference and space. For those with limited space and grilling ambition, a small hibachi or charcoal grill will be best. For those who love to be king of the grill, a larger gas grill would be ideal if space permits.

Made in the Shade

While enjoying the summer surely entails spending more time in the sun, your patio should be the place where you and your guests can seek refuge from the summer rays. A patio umbrella is the obvious choice for this need (especially if you have a patio table), but if you’re looking for more widespread coverage, try hanging some canvas for a tabletop canopy.

As summer approaches, there are plenty of ways to make your patio unique and comfortable. More than anything, keeping your patio light and simple will allow it to be functional and enjoyable for you and your guests as you entertain. Is there a special way that you gear up your patio for summer? Feel free to let us know below in the comments!

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